David Crosby, 81, departed as a co-founder of Crosby, Stills & Nash

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Folk music artist David Crosby died after a long illness.

The year 1968 saw the formation of a folk rock supergroup, also known as CSN. The name of the group was based on the individual surnames of the members. David Crosby and Stephen Stills and English singer-songwriter Graham Nash were the early members. Later they were joined by Neil Young. They went by the name Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and added Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young as a fourth member.

Prior to the formation of CSN, all the members were part of various prominent bands and groups. David Crosby was a part of The Byrds , he wrote songs with them. He was sacked from the Byrd’s due to some disagreement with the band on song writing. This even took place in the year 1967, thus followed the formation of CSN. The band was seen to break and reform a lot of times. The years of the band’s activity are 1968–1970 1973–1974 1976–2015.

David Crosby
David Crosby

All of the band members’ solo or collaborative endeavors in 1972 proved to be successful. Young became a solo super star with the #1 Harvest album and the Top 40 songs “Heart of Gold” (#1) and “Old Man” (#31). Counting the three CSN/CSNY releases, Stills and Chris Hillman, a former member of the Byrds, formed the band Manassas and released a self-titled double album; nevertheless, it did not produce any notable success.

Graham Nash and David Crosby, which outperformed their recent solo efforts with a Top 40 hit (Nash’s “Immigration Man” [#36]), peaked at No. 4, and was certified gold in the US, was recorded and released while Nash and Crosby were on tour since it was so successful and enjoyable for them.

After breaking up for almost 2 years, in the year 1976, during a concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Stills contacted David Crosby and Graham Nash, which paved the way for the reunion of the group. After reuniting, Crosby, Stills & Nash put out CSN a little over a year later. recorded in Miami’s Criteria Studios.

Despite the unprecedented turmoil between Crosby and Young, CSN set out on a routine world tour in 2015, visiting venues in the United States, Europe, and Japan. The tour culminated on December 3 with a performance of “Silent Night” at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at The Ellipse in Washington, D.C. On March 6, 2016, Nash declared that Crosby, Stills & Nash would never perform together again due to his recent estrangement with Crosby. Young told Rolling Stone in the summer of 2016 that he wouldn’t “rule out” further collaborations with the group.

Crosby’s lifelong affinity with close harmony began when he was a young child and was further solidified by his family’s frequent sing-along sessions. His older brother Ethan introduced him to jazz, a music he would continue to explore throughout his career, including with his reflective 2017 solo album, Sky Trails, and with the late ’90s/early ’00s band CPR.

On, 19th of January 2023 the world witnessed the death of legendary singer- song writer David Crosby. After a protracted illness, Crosby, a two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, passed away. In his last moments he was with his family and friends. “Live at the Capitol Theater,” Crosby’s last album, was released last month. He called the performance caught on the recording “amazing” in an interview with the website ultimateclassicrock.com.

This unfortunate occurrence has put each and every member of CSNY to distress. Nash and Stills were seen posting social media condolences for their band mate and friend. This puts an end to any other reunion of the folk rock supergroup.

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